Visual Arts Affect Children

Academy of Art has discovered and researched facts about art and how art affects children of all ages.
Why is art important? What does art mean to a child? Is art still a part of our culture? How will art influence my child? My child is not artistic, why art class?
Academy of Art has found through teaching art we help a child grow in the following areas:

Self-esteem Recognition of the elements & principles of design
Eye/hand coordination (fine motor skills)
The ability to learn to create what they see
Learn art history and different cultures
Experience different mediums
Create a higher level of concentration and an interest in learning
Strengthen auditory processing

10 Truths About Art
1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution.
Questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
4. The arts teach children to solve problems based on circumstances and opportunities.
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor number exhaust what we can know.
The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source.
Arts allow children to experience and discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.
National Art Education Association
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.
Did You Know?
Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours a day three days a week for at least one full year are:
4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem